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Archive for March, 2013

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    March 2013 New Container of Antique Furniture

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    Earlier this month we received a new container that had quite a few pieces of antique furniture and some very nice vintage leather for us. We also received some eagerly awaited custom orders that came out looking beautiful! I have highlighted some of my favorite pieces in this gallery.

  • Bugging Out About Shellac

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    One of the highest forms of finish on fine antique furniture is a French polish done in stages of shellac. Shellac was used commonly to finish furniture up until the mid 20th century when varnish and lacquer became popular due to their relative ease of use. More surprising--and fascinating--is where it comes from.

  • A Deeper Look at Veneers Vs Solid Wood Furniture

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    We are constantly trying to educate people about the comparison of veneers vs solid wood furniture. I feel the most common misconception among furniture shoppers is that solid wood is always superior to veneered furniture. This is simply not true. Veneered furniture has been around for hundreds of years, starting in the Renaissance, and from the beginning of its use…

  • Thomas Sheraton: The Non-Cabinetmaking Cabinetmaker

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    Thomas Sheraton was the last of the "big three" English furniture designers who wrote the famous four volume "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book." Like so many ambitious characters in history, his genius was not fully realized until after his death when his book gained widespread popularity.